A rapid access service for urology patients in the west, developed at Roscommon University Hospital is to become a model for the rest of the country.
The pilot saw almost 230 patients from December to June this year, from counties within the western Saolta group including Donegal and Mayo.
229 patients who presented to their GPs with urology concerns were treated in Roscommon in the 7 months of the pilot.
They ranged from 17 to 95 and travelled from counties as far away as Donegal.
66% of patients were accommodated with a cystoscope and CT or ultrasound scan on the same day, the rest of the patients were treated in the same week.
21 patients had a cancer detected, 46 were referred for other treatments, and 165 were discharged back to their GPs with a course of treatment.
The average waiting times for access to the service came in at 26 days, below the target of 28 and patient feedback was extremely positive.